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We all know that baked goods aren’t the best for one’s waistline, but could whipping up a batch of your favorite sugar cookies actually be problematic for your professional reputation?
According to this Forbes article, women who want to be taken more seriously and not be perceived as the office “mother” may want to think twice before baking for colleagues. Some experts contend that “flaunting one’s femininity” in such a way may “announce to the world that this maternal behavior is at best a priority and at worst, all you’re good for.”
Others, however, feel such thoughts are nonsense or at least outdated. As one states, “Modern companies...Read More »
For employees who work for companies with a “use it or lose it” vacation policy, December becomes a key month to take off any remaining days. Many employers, however, have plans that let workers roll over time from year to year. While such a set-up may be pleasing to those who have a family reunion to attend next summer or dream of a European vacation someday, it also may be encouraging people to ignore their need for time away from the office in the present.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, about three in five organizations allow employees to roll over vacation days. Among these firms, 73 percent of employees had three or more unused days at year’s...Read More »
One of the biggest productivity killers—especially for people who are swamped or tend to procrastinate—is the habit of putting something off until the last minute, and then rushing to try and get it done just in the nick of time. Not only does this throw off your whole workflow, but it can also affect the quality of your work, which in turn can hurt your image and reputation. After all, it’s unlikely that you’re performing at your best when you are scrambling to meet a deadline at the last minute.
If you are in the habit of listing a task or project on your calendar on its due date, you are setting yourself up for trouble. Most of us don’t routinely look very far ahead in our calendar, so you will likely forget about a task until it comes into view on your agenda, at which point...Read More »
- 11 Biggest Mistakes Older Job Seekers Make [Forbes]
- Tips for Dealing with a Hothead Boss [Career Realism]
- Bullying at Work and What You Can Do About It [Psychology Today]
- Make a Stunning LinkedIn Profile [Lifehack]
- How to Handle Being Overworked and Overstressed [US News]
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The morning looks packed: a report that must be typed and proofed by 11:00, three customers that need to be called back, and a meeting with the caterer regarding the holiday luncheon. You know getting it all done will be a challenge, but you hit the ground running with a good attitude – until your boss comes in and plops another “urgent” task on your desk. Can’t he see that you already have a full plate?
The answer to that question might be “no.” Many managers do not realize how many tasks admins are working on at a given time, and unless you speak up, the assumption may be that you’re fine with handling all of them.
Instead of agreeing to the new assignment and then rolling your eyes and complaining to others about his insensitivity, lay the facts out on the table...Read More »
Perhaps you put your request for vacation in too late or you’re the low person on the totem pole. Maybe you drew the short end of the stick or figured hanging out at the office was preferable to another day with family. Whatever the reason, you’re here at the office when others are sleeping in, eating leftovers, or power-shopping at the local mall. Is your company the only one that doesn’t just give workers off on the Friday following Thanksgiving?
While the desolate cubicles may make you feel like the last office worker left on Earth, take heart that others all over the country are in a similar situation. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, about 27 percent of employers are not giving this day off in 2013....Read More »
We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an administrative assistant at Comcast.
Based in Denver, this position involves assisting management by providing an efficient and professional office environment, with specific duties to include administrative duties such as typing, filing, processing mail, and answering phones, along with helping to coordinate technicians’ needs related to phones, laptops, vehicles and uniforms.
This person will be expected to greet and assist business associates, visitors, and headquarters staff in a courteous and helpful manner, and to accurately and efficiently type and distribute letters,...Read More »
- Will an Algorithm Help You Land Your Next Job? [Psychology Today]
- How to Negotiate a Job Offer [Glass Door]
- How to Be the Most Organized Person in the World [Lifehack]
- 4 Tips for Staying Productive During the Holidays [Career Realism]
- Best Cures for Workplace Stress [US News]
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You may enjoy the field you’re in, cherish your co-workers, or even be pleased with your paycheck and benefits, but is your affection for your job so great that you’d do it for free? Twenty-two percent of Americans claim they would, according to a recent poll by Monster.com.
Though the rest of the U.S. respondents weren’t quite happy enough to forgo their salary, many still expressed general satisfaction:
- 31% like their job a lot (defined as “enjoying what you do, but you could like it more”)
- 31% “like it well enough for now”
- 6% “don’t like their job and think they could do better”
How would you answer this question: “Aside from salary, what are you most thankful for at your current job?”
OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals, posed this question to more than 400 U.S. workers employed in office environments. Topping the list of responses was “friendly co-workers,” which was said by nearly a quarter of those surveyed. In second place was “a good benefits program," the answer of a fifth of respondents. Rounding out the list were “an easy commute” (16%), “challenging assignments (15%), “a supportive manager” (11%), and “flexible hours” (3%).
"Many full-time workers spend more than half of their waking hours at the...Read More »
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